The 27-year-old faces three to four months on the sidelines but will still hope to play a major part in Wales' RBS 6 Nations campaign next spring.
"After carefully reviewing the scans and discussing the best management of the injury with specialists, in light of the extent of the ligament damage, the recommendation was made for Alun Wyn to undergo surgery to reconstruct the AC joint ligaments in order to give him the best chance of making a full recovery," read an Ospreys statement.
"He is due to undergo the surgery at the end of this week," added Ospreys head physio Chris Towers.
"We will be looking at a 12-16 week rehab process post-op to get him back on the field."
As well as missing this Friday's Dove Men Series clash with Samoa and the following weeks' Tests against New Zealand and Australia, Jones will be absent for the rest of his region's Heineken Cup pool campaign.
Jones won't be available for December's back-to-back European encounters with French giants Toulouse or the home tie with Leicester and the away fixture with Treviso in January.
He will also be forced to sit out the RaboDirect PRO12 games with the Scarlets, Dragons and Zebre at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, with the February 8 or 15 ties with Ulster or Connacht the earliest likely comeback date.